[robotics-worldwide] CFP IROS 2009 Workshop "Synergistic Intelligence: approach to human intelligence through understanding and design of cognitive development"

Nishimura nishimura at jeap.org
Mon Jun 15 21:38:38 PDT 2009



         Synergistic Intelligence: approach to human intelligence
         through understanding and design of cognitive development

              to be held in conjunction with IROS 2009
                      October 11 to 15, 2009
                        St. Louis, MO, USA

                    Call for Papers/Participation


 Emergence of higher order cognitive functions through learning and
development is one of the greatest challenges in trying to make
artificial systems much more intelligent since existing systems are of
limited capability even in fixed environments. Related disciplines are
not simply robotics and AI but also brain science, neuroscience,
cognitive science, developmental psychology, sociology, and so on, and
we share this challenge. An obvious fact is that we have too poor and
little knowledge and too superficial implementations based on such
knowledge to declare that we have only one unique solution to the
 The first step to conquer this situation is to discuss how higher
order cognitive functions are acquired involving the context and
dynamics of the whole system instead of separately realizing each higher
order function as a single module. A promising approach is a synthetic
one based on both the explanation theory and more importantly the design
theory that is expected to fill in the gap between the existing
disciplines instead of staying at one closed discipline, and to provide
new understanding of human cognitive development.
 This WS first revisits the cognitive developmental robotics (Asada et
al. 2001) that aims at providing new understanding how human's higher
cognitive functions develop by means of a synthetic approach, and
expands discussion toward the principle of cognitive development. Next,
several speakers including not only confirmed but also ones whose papers
are submitted and accepted present their position papers with some
experimental results. Finally, panel discussion on the new research
direction of understanding and designing body, brain, and mind will be
Related web pages http://www.jeap.org/ 

 The principal topics of this workshop are
  - cognitive developmental robotics
  - learning and development
  - emergence of cognitive functions
  - emergence of dynamic motions
  - artificial muscles
  - physical interaction
  - social interaction
  - scaffolding by caregiver
  - mutual imitation
  - contingency

 Robotics researcher in learning and development, humanrobot interaction,
cognitive robotics, social behavior, brainbased robotics. 

 09:00-09:30 An overview of the project and the purpose of the WS by Asada
 09:30-10:00 Physio-SI by Associate Prof. Koh Hosoda, Osaka Univ.
 10:00-10:30 Perso-SI by Prof. Yasuo Kuniyoshi, The Univ. of Tokyo
 10:30-10:45 Coffee break
 10:45-11:15 Socio-SI by Prof. Hiroshi Ishiguro, Osaka Univ.
 11:15-11:45 SI-mech by Prof. Toshio Inui, Kyoto Univ.
 11:45-13:00 Lunch
 13:00-15:30 paper presentation selected from the general submissions (5-6 papers)
 15:30-15:45 Coffee break
 15:45-17:00 Panel discussion

 Minoru ASADA  <asada at jeap dot org>
  - Research Director, ASADA Synergistic Intelligence Project,
    Japan Science and Tecnology Agency
  - Professor, Graduate School of Engineering, Osaka University

 August 01  2009  Submission of contributions
 August 05  2009  Notification of acceptance
 August 10  2009  Final paper submission
 October 11 2009  Workshop

 We suggest using the IROS 2009 formats, which you find on

 NISHIMURA Ken <nishimura at jeap dot org>
 Asada Synergistic Intelligence Project
 Japan Science and Tecnology Agency

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